ERIC Number: ED455834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-19
Reference Count: N/A
50 Years of Enhancing Learning with Technology, 1948-1998.
Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Coll. of Education.
Instructional Technology (IT), as a discipline, is young and still evolving. However, an IT program that reaches the age of 50 is considered by most to be old. The IT program at Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) has achieved this status. Its history reflects not only the history of the University and the College of Education, but even more so, it reflects the history of the field. This document discusses the origins of the Wayne State University program and the field of Instructional Technology and then focuses on two eras: The Era of Audiovisual Education, 1948-1963, and the Era of Instructional Technology, 1963-1998. For the first era, early program landmarks are identified, followed by descriptions of courses in the early audiovisual curriculum. Changes in the transition years are also highlighted. For the second era, the implications of the change to instructional technology are briefly examined, followed by descriptions of courses in the 1963 curriculum in IT, and early IT curriculum enhancements. The continuing curricular innovations and enhancements of the 1970s courses are identified, followed by a brief review of impressions of IT in the 1970s. Finally, the focus moves to recent years of IT at Wayne State University. Discussion includes re-grouping in the 1980s, rebuilding IT facilities and equipment in the 1990s, and the 1990s curriculum enhancements. Following course descriptions are brief discussions on the University outreach program, research and development, and showcasing student work and building alumni relations. (Contains 13 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Coll. of Education.